Discover Your Firefly

To successfully combat existing health disparities and the social and economic inequities that fuel them, we must remove the barriers that stop transformative public health solutions from making the leap between the classroom and the community.

Firefly embraces a new model of research and development focused on—driving innovation, teaching entrepreneurship, and leveraging strategic science.

Our Programs

The annual Accelerator helps entrepreneurs transform early-stage ideas and prototypes into market-ready ventures with public health impact embedded in business models. All online. At no cost.

Our unique 8-week venture-building program consists of both learning and doing, and is tailored to each venture team’s needs and sector of focus.

Designathons are fast-paced, interactive days where a select group of public health entrepreneurs and contributors come together to generate and refine innovative solutions. Each Designathon is organized around a given theme and the most promising solutions are presented to a panel of judges for awards and are eligible for continued support from Firefly Innovations.

At the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, we are training a new generation of public health entrepreneurs.

This graduate studio course seeks to expand the students’ toolbox to incorporate entrepreneurial methods to innovate public health solutions.

Contact us or the CUNY School of Public Health to learn more.

Who We're
Looking For

Venture teams with:

  • At least an initial prototype that are looking to launch or grow. 
  • Cofounders with complementary talents (including public health, science and engineering, tech development, business, finance, marketing, art and design, etc.) 

We encourage startups from any sector to apply, whether they are nonprofit, for profit, or hybrid ventures. There is no equity requirement.


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